And the Land Provides:
Alaska Natives in a Year of Transition

Doubleday, Anchor Books, 1974
ISBN 0-385-00081-2

In 1971, over 70 per cent of Alaskan natives remained dependent on hunting and fishing for survival. At the same time, environmentalists and industrialists were fighting over a proposed Alaskan pipeline.

At first, the story seemed a familiar one—the native people's land raped by the ineluctable forces of progress. And the conflicting life styles—cash economy and subsistence living—struck many observers as irreconcilable. But the Arctic Eskimos, Aleuts, and Indians had to make a transitional compromise, for they found themselves caught in an exhausting struggle between the love for their rugged heritage and the knowledge that the encroachment of the white man had not been, and would not be, without its rewards.

In And the Land Provides, Lael Morgan, an Alaskan resident for most of the last fourteen years, portrays the anguish of the dilemma of transition.

To do her research, the author spent twelve months living in villages from six remote regions, suffering the natives' hardships, knowing their anxieties, celebrating their victories. The result is this warm, humanistic, beautifully illustrated book—an unusual study of life among American citizens existing on the boundary of their own country.

Because Lael Morgan shared the natives' lives, she writes about people, rather than about anthropological curiosities; about real problems, rather than about imagined stereotypes; and about real virtues rather than about the exaggerated benefits of the simple tundra life.

Long out of print, non battered copies of this book complete with jacket occasionally turn up on eBay, abebooks.com, and Amazon.com at a higher price that it originally sold for.

 

And The Land Provides

 

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